Man charged with OUI after crashing car into Beverly Police cruiser

BEVERLY, Mass. — Two Beverly police officers had to bust out a man’s window to give him Narcan to reverse an overdose Sunday, according to police.

Two officers found Christopher Collins in his car, with the car in drive on Elliott Street shortly before 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Before the officers were able to get Collins, police say his car lurched forward and slammed into the back of one of the cruisers.

“The vehicle was still in drive so if the vehicle took off the only path it could go was into the officer’s vehicle,” said Beverly Police Officer Mike Boccuzzi.

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Police said he had reportedly been acting irrationally in his vehicle and when officers tried to talk to them, he refused to open the door to his car.

“When we first arrived on scene the party was very combative with himself in the vehicle punching himself in the head would not react to any of the officers being present," Officer Boccuzzi said. "The opioid crisis is something that we deal with on a regular basis and all officers carry Narcan and again we used it that day and he’s alive.”

Officers said they had to break the window and take Collins’ keys before they could get him out of the car and give him two doses of Narcan.

A bystander took shot a video of the scene as they were passing by and gave it to police.

“He just hit the police car,” the witness at the scene said.

Collins was taken to Beverly Hospital and has been charged with several driving violations, including operating under the influence of drugs.

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